Robert Leach

IMG_2077Robert Leach has worked as a journalist, school teacher, university lecturer and theatre director. He has acted professionally in the USA and directed in Moscow. A former chair of the Borders’ Writers Forum, Robert has written many books on drama and theatre, as well as poetry and travel.

He will be leading a workshop on the principles of theatre and drama. Come and try acting or just watch how theatre is created.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.

Conf.Bubble-AGMCan you recall the BWF’s activities since April 2018? Well, here’s a handy reminder.

It’s time for the Annual General Meeting, which takes place at St Boswells Village Hall, on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 7pm. This is a chance to comment on any aspect of the BWF’s work over the past year and to elect new office-bearers.

After the AGM, members will have the opportunity to read their work, from any genre. Readings will be restricted to five minutes, although the final timing will depend on how many people wish to read.

Go on. Dazzle us.

Theresa Breslin

Theresa BreslinAward-winning author Theresa Breslin has written more than 50 books for readers of all ages.

Her work covers folklore, historical novels, humour, fantasy, short stories, poetry and plays. She specialises in children’s fiction and her 1994 novel, Whispers in the Graveyard, won the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature. Theresa’s most recent novel, The Rasputin Dagger, is set at the time of the Russian Revolution.

For more information, click here: www.theresabreslin.co.uk

The meeting takes place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.

STOP PRESS: Congratulations to Theresa on being awarded the 2019 Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award.

Elspeth Turner

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When it comes to co-authoring a book, what are the principles and practicalities of working in a partnership? Does a double act create potential pitfalls and problems?

Elspeth Turner and Donald Smith collaborated on Tweed Dales: Journeys and Evocations, a travelogue which draws on the people, events, stories and folklore of the Scottish Borders. 

Elspeth, a fomer senior lecturer in economic and social history at Edinburgh University, will join us to describe how she and Donald combined their writing to produce the book.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of
St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.

Blind Critique

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You’ve written a piece of prose or poetry. It seems okay, but what might a reader make of it? Time to seek some advice.

Our first meeting of 2019 will be a “blind critique” session. It works like this:
* Bring five copies of your prose (500 words max) or poetry (two max).
* Don’t put your name on the written material, so that you remain anonymous.
* Groups of four or five people will read and discuss your work.
* You will receive constructive comment and feedback.

It’s an informal opportunity for people to cast an eye over new material and help a writer in his/her quest to improve their work. We’ll focus on the positive.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the Upper Hall* of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.

*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING ROOM

Celebrate Christmas

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STOP PRESS: Christmas* will be on Thursday, December 13, this year. 

St Boswells Village Hall is the place to be from 7pm for an evening of games, readings, book sales, festive food and drink. Bring along an item to read and/or something nice to nibble. Donations on the night will go to Blackwell’s Christmas Appeal. 

*Fib. It’s still December 25. Have a great day, folks.

Genre Taster

UPDATE – NOVEMBER 15 MEETING

Fancy some genre taster activities against the clock? Like to try (mostly) everything from haiku, flash fiction to memoir?

You would? Great. Come to St Boswells Village Hall tomorrow at 7pm and Anne Stormont will lead the session. Bring a notepad and pen. 

Plus bonus input from committee members.

*A BWF Seat-of-the-Pants Production*

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